The Numbers Are Up; Belize Has Positive Tourism Numbers Again!
The Belize Tourism Board, increasing active at international meetings and conventions, has reported positive tourism numbers with impressive increases for the second time within the past year.
San Pedro, Belize, November 10, 2014 (Newswire.com) - From Ambergris Caye, off of the splendid Belize Barrier Reef, to the popular interior Cayo District of jungle accommodations and adventures, tourism is enjoying a resurgence in Belize.
The BTB reports:
“2013 started off with exceptional overnight arrivals. January, February, and March of this year saw 17.2%, 14.3%, and 13.0% increases, respectively, when compared to last year’s overnight arrivals. Arrivals for July and August did not disappoint. There was an estimated increase of 8% for both months. Overall, the period of January – August 2013 saw roughly 17,228 more visitors than 2012. Arrivals this year, thus far, have surpassed 2012 for every month, except April. Overall, overnight visitors have increased by 8.7%. With these numbers, we are well on our way to making the 300,000 overnight visitors mark.”
An active tourism trade fuels the whole country of Belize with progress and promise – along with sunshine and smiles, palm trees and pina coladas, as ever. Some tourists come and go, and others come and go and return as retired, semi-retired, or internationally employed ex-pats, living the dream on this picturesque Caribbean island. Residential and commercial real estate in Belize may be the perfectly poised opportunities right now.
The BTB continues:
“Cruise tourism got off to a promising start this year. January 2013 saw an increase of 19.4% compared to 2012. February, March, and April also saw encouraging increases. Cruise arrivals fell for May, June, and July, but made an outstanding recovery in August with a 30.2% increase over August 2012. Overall, cruise is performing at a 5.3% increase over last year.”
The BTB is dedicated to developing and implementing tourism programs that will help strengthen and grow the Belizean tourism industry; promote good destination stewardship; and instill high quality standards for accommodations and travel experiences. For more information on the BTB and its services, visit www.travelbelize.org.